This week's Be the Change for Animals cause is Free Tony the Tiger. Tony is a 10 year-old tiger who lives at a truck stop in Gross Tete, LA. He is kept in a chain link and concrete cell surrounded by idling truck engines and diesel fumes. He can never escape the noise, the lights, or the boredom as he paces back and forth. Sight-seers continually crowd around his cage flashing lights in his face from cameras. There are even signs posted asking people not to throw things at him. It is a miserable existence for a magnificent animal - living alone with no enrichment or animals of his kind. Big Cat Rescue of Tampa, FL has offered Tony sanctuary, but his owner refuses.
In December 2010, the permit allowing Tony's owner to continue his exploitation is up for renewal. You can help free Tony by doing the following: 1) Send a letter to Louisiana representatives asking them deny this renewal and put an end to the private trade of tigers. 2) Sign the Change.org petition calling for the denial of the permit. 3) Share this story with your friends and followers and ask them to act too. Help free Tony so he can live his remaining years 5-10 years in the peaceful environment he so deserves!